Boorong Antoo; Owl ( between 1819 and 1823) by unknown (anonymous Chinese artist).
A watercolour drawing of the oriental bay owl (Phodilus badius; known in Malay as the burung hantu (“ghost bird”)), perched on an angsana tree (Pterocarpus indicus). The illustration of the owl is highly idealized, as each feather is shown in place and separated from the others. In addition, the artist has added a “hood” over the owl’s face that is absent in nature. The drawing is one of 477 natural history drawings of plants and animals of Malacca and Singapore commissioned by William Farquhar.
National Museum of Singapore.